US sending more warships, Marines to the Middle East

Israel National News reports: “The US announced on Thursday it is sending additional warships and thousands of Marines to the Middle East to increase security in the wake of Iranian attempts to seize commercial ships there, The Associated Press reported.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the deployment of the USS Bataan amphibious readiness group and the 26th Marine Expeditional Unit to the Gulf region, said US officials. The readiness group consists of three ships, including the Bataan, an amphibious assault ship. An expeditional unit usually consists of about 2,500 Marines.

In an announcement, US Central Command said the deployment will provide ‘even greater flexibility and maritime capability in the region.’ The announcement did not name the ships, but US officials detailed the units involved in the deployment on condition of anonymity…”

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